POLICE believe the driver of the white Toyota Hiace involved in a two vehicle accident at Purnim may have veered onto the wrong side of the road.
Sergeant Greg Cressell, from the Warrnambool Highway Patrol Unit, said the accident occurred on the Hopkins Highway north of Purnim about 5.50am.
"A Skoda sedan travelling north and a white Toyota Hiace travelling south have hit head on," Sergeant Cressell said.
"Our preliminary investigations suggest the white van may have crossed into the path of the car."
Sergeant Cressell said the driver of the van was ejected from the vehicle and taken to South West Healthcare's Warrnambool Base Hospital.
He was initially unable to be taken to Melbourne in the region's emergency helicopter due to inclement weather, but he later transferred to The Alfred.
The driver of the van was from the local area and aged in his early 40s.
He is in a serious but stable condition.
The driver of the sedan was from Melbourne and aged in his late 40s.
He was taken to the Warrnambool Base Hospital with minor chest injuries.
Sergeant Cressell said the road was closed for a number of hours after the crash while emergency service personnel cleared it.
"There was debri from both vehicles on the road spread over about 50 metres," he said.
Sergeant Cressell said investigations into the cause of the accident were continuing.
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